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Female tourist gang-raped in Cox’s Bazar

Husband, child held hostage

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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A female tourist was allegedly gang-raped by three youths after her husband and child were held hostage in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday night.

On information, the victim was rescued from a hotel on Kolatoli Road around 1:30am on Thursday, said Lt Col Khairul Islam Sarkar, commanding officer of Rapid Action Battalion-15.

“The three youths have already been identified through CCTV footage. We are conducting a drive to arrest them. We have detained Riaz Uddin Choton, manager of the hotel, for interrogation,” he added.

Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sheikh Munir-ul-Gias said the victim was being treated at the One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) of Cox’s Bazar District Sadar Hospital.

Three members of a family of Jatrabari area in Dhaka went to Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday morning. They went to Laboni Beach in the afternoon where her husband accidentally collided with a stranger while walking. And three youths were locked in an altercation with her husband and three youths.

Later in the evening, a group that included the three youths intercepted the family near parjatan golf field area and forcefully took away the husband and the child in a CNG-run auto-rickshaw.

“At that time, the trio took me at knifepoint to behind a shaky tea stall across the parjatan golf field where they raped me, threatening to kill my husband and child,” she added.

Later, they took her to Zia Guest Inn and raped her again after consuming yaba pills there. The perpetrators then locked the room and fled the scene after threatening to kill her husband and child if the incident gets reported.

The victim managed to open a window of the room and contacted another tourist in the hotel who then opened the door of the room.

Later, the woman contacted RAB personnel who rescued her at 1:30am. Her husband and children were rescued from the parjatan golf field area.

The victim’s husband said, “We came here on a family vacation after getting my salary. How could they do this to us just over a slight push.”

A case was registered against six persons.